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Kobe Earthquake ­ 17th January 1995


Causes/Background:

Destructive Plate margin: Eurasian and Philippine Plates
Occurred on the fault line known as the Median Tectonic Bay
Magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale
Known as the Hyogo-Ken Nanbu Earthquake and was 20 seconds long
Shallow focus of only 16 km
Epicentre was…

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Responses:



Initially food/blankets/medical supplies were in short supply
Shelters were overcrowded and unsanitary ­ made worse by it being in winter
The government were criticised for a slow response and also for not rejecting foreign
assistance
Railways back in service by August
Water/Gas/Electricity/Telephone services were running by July
1yr later:…

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